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Studying Saturdays: Learning Polish in Gdańsk

Studying Saturdays: Learning Polish in Gdańsk

It’s been ages since I did a Studying Saturdays post and I still believe that we are all perpetual students until the day we die. We are always learning, always studying. We are forever on a learning cycle on this planet. As far as learning languages is concerned, I know I haven’t always been the best at it. But I always want to improve. At school I studied French, German and Latin and at times, I wasn’t totally into those subjects. I can still travel around French and German speaking countries and read menus, and get by. But not much more. I couldn’t engage in much stimulating conversation.

First Day at School in Gdańsk, Poland

First Day at School in Gdańsk, Poland

In 2010, I spent a month in Uruguay, learning Spanish in Montevideo, living with a local family and that was a cool challenge. In the end, my Spanish was again just about enough to get by in Spanish speaking countries. I passed the course and continued my travels. The Spanish came in useful of course as I later backpacked through places like El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico, Spain and Nicaragua.

My classroom for learning Polish in Gdańsk

My classroom for learning Polish in Gdańsk

In 2015, I spent a month in Hong Kong learning Cantonese (written in traditional Chinese). This was the toughest language challenge to date. But somehow my wandering heart didn’t hang around. I finished the first 4 weeks of an 8 week course but I was off backpacking in Bangladesh soon after.

Learn Polish in Gdańsk- the classroom

Learn Polish in Gdańsk- the classroom

Learn Polish in Gdańsk- the building

Learn Polish in Gdańsk- the building

Here in 2016, is the first time I will have lived in Eastern Europe for longer than a month. I am staying put in Gdańsk for a while and I am now learning Polish. I think this one is the biggest challenge yet as I attempt to read, write and speak Polish. With Chinese it was only speaking really. I am enrolled as a student at Polish in Gdańsk and am doing three weeks of intense Polish classes here.

Learn Polish in Gdańsk- the classroom

Learn Polish in Gdańsk- the classroom

Learn Polish in Gdańsk- the classroom

Learn Polish in Gdańsk- the classroom

Learn Polish in Gdańsk- my notes

Learn Polish in Gdańsk- my notes

Learn Polish in Gdańsk- Polish adjectives

Learn Polish in Gdańsk- Polish adjectives

My teacher is Alina, my classes each day run from 12.30 pm to 2 pm, with an hour of homework and however long I want to dedicate myself to additional learning.

Learn Polish in Gdańsk.

Learn Polish in Gdańsk.

Learn Polish in Gdańsk - window view over the Old Town.

Learn Polish in Gdańsk – window view over the Old Town.

Learn Polish in Gdańsk - the classroom.

Learn Polish in Gdańsk – the classroom.

Learn Polish in Gdańsk - the classroom.

Learn Polish in Gdańsk – the classroom.

Learn Polish in Gdańsk - the classroom.

Learn Polish in Gdańsk – the classroom.

Learn Polish in Gdańsk - with Alina my teacher.

Learn Polish in Gdańsk – with Alina my teacher.

I am in Room 121 on the first floor, Monday to Fridays only. This gives me weekends free for backpacking, writing and socialising. I am getting intensive 1 to 1 lessons. I started off in my first week by learning simple everyday phrases, learning how the alphabet letters are pronounced, a few nouns, a few adjectives and a few verbs. I can also count from 1-10 in Polish now.

Learn Polish in Gdańsk - the classroom, Room 121.

Learn Polish in Gdańsk – the classroom, Room 121.

Learn Polish in Gdańsk - the classroom, Room 121.

Learn Polish in Gdańsk – the classroom, Room 121.

Learn Polish in Gdańsk - the corridor.

Learn Polish in Gdańsk – the corridor.

I’m still busy blogging, backpacking and writing my book and life is action packed here, but I am enjoying this new challenge and look forward to sharing my story again in August, once I know a little bit more Polish. I am so glad I am here in Gdańsk, studying Polish and backpacking again. Life was stale for a while recently and I now found a home to stay, just for a while, or until life changes for me again.

Touring the sand dunes at Słowiński National Park near Leba.

Touring the sand dunes at Słowiński National Park near Leba.

Here are some of my other articles from Backpacking in Poland, not just this trip but previous visits:
Cycling with Mika in Gdańsk and Sopot
– Visiting the Polish Post Office where World War II began
Touring the Murals of Zaspa in Gdansk
Pub Crawl in Gdansk
Visiting Westerplatte Where World War II Began
Visiting Stutthof
Food Tour with Eat Polska in Gdynia
Backpacking in Starogard Gdański
Backpacking in Tczew
Backpacking in Pelplin
Backpacking in Bydgoszcz
This A Present from Stalin’s Reign
– Warsaw Skies They Won’t Rain on You
Auschwitz Part 1 – Auschwitz
Auschwitz Part 2 – Birkenau
Backpacking in Krakow
Backpacking in Poznan
My Stay at Mosquito Hostel, Krakow
My Stay at Poco Loco Hostel, Poznan
Night train from Krakow to Lviv, Ukraine
Touring the Sand Dunes at Łeba

Backpacking in Poland - on a train with Marina and Jack from Gdynia to Leba

Backpacking in Poland – on a train with Marina and Jack from Gdynia to Leba

My Polish classes are right in the heart of Old Town Gdańsk, which is amazing! Here are the details for booking Polish lessons here in Gdańsk:

  • ul. Za Murami 2, p. 121
    80-823 Gdańsk, POLAND
    Email: office@polishingdansk.pl
    Telephone: +48 534 996 030
    Skype: Polish in Gdansk

As I’m not blogging as much as I used to, here are some photos from my first few weeks in Poland on this trip. As you can see, life is damn busy and I am having fun again! #dontstopliving Northern Irishman in Poland.

Working on my book in Gdańsk.

Working on my book in Gdańsk.

My room for writing at Jozef K Bar, Gdańsk.

My room for writing at Jozef K Bar, Gdańsk.

At Hostel Cycle On with Ludmila

At Hostel Cycle On with Ludmila

Lads night out on the rip - Devan and Jack.

Lads night out on the rip – Devan and Jack.

Dating Ola Mueller in Gdansk

Dinner with fellow tourist Oli Mueller in Gdansk

Downtown Gdańsk.

Downtown Gdańsk.

The cafe/bar in the building of my Polish School in Gdańsk.

The cafe/bar in the building of my Polish School in Gdańsk.

The bar in the building of my Polish School in Gdańsk.

The bar in the building of my Polish School in Gdańsk.

The day I won a free Aftershave from a PR girl in Gdańsk.

The day I won a free Aftershave from a PR girl in Gdańsk.

Nightfall in Gdańsk.

Nightfall in Gdańsk.

Touring the Sand Dunes at Slowinski National Park

Touring the Sand Dunes at Slowinski National Park

Twilight in Gdańsk.

Twilight in Gdańsk.

Cycle On Hostel Night out in Gdańsk.

Cycle On Hostel Night out in Gdańsk.

My dip in the Baltic Sea at Słowiński National Park.

My dip in the Baltic Sea at Słowiński National Park.

On a tank in Gdańsk, Poland

On a tank in Gdańsk, Poland

My Poignant Visit to the Polish Post Office in Gdańsk: Where World War II Began

My Poignant Visit to the Polish Post Office in Gdańsk: Where World War II Began

Backpacking in Poland: Cycling in Gdańsk with Mika on the Road and Hostel Cycle On

Backpacking in Poland: Cycling in Gdańsk with Mika on the Road and Hostel Cycle On

Backpacking in Poland: Cycling in Gdańsk with Mika on the Road and Hostel Cycle On

Backpacking in Poland: Cycling in Gdańsk with Mika on the Road and Hostel Cycle On

Local Pierogi in Gdańsk, Poland

Local Pierogi in Gdańsk, Poland

Backpacking in Poland: Cycling in Gdańsk with Mika on the Road and Hostel Cycle On

Backpacking in Poland: Cycling in Gdańsk with Mika on the Road and Hostel Cycle On

Backpacking in Poland: Cycling in Gdańsk with Mika on the Road and Hostel Cycle On

Backpacking in Poland: Cycling in Gdańsk with Mika on the Road and Hostel Cycle On

GDY 50 Boat Restaurant

GDY 50 Boat Restaurant in Gdynia, Poland

Smoothies in Gdansk with a fellow tourist

Backpacking in Gydnia, Poland

Backpacking in Gydnia, Poland

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